From seasoned legends to tween newcomers, the country music pool diversified hugely in the first decade of the 2000s -- not only in demographics but also in sound.

The age-old debate of "too country" versus "too pop" found even playing field, as both traditional and modern country music thrived in the 10 years from 2000 to 2009. From songs such as "I Saw God Today" and "Mud on the Tires" to "Who's Your Daddy?" and "Love Story," country music fans' earbuds were filled with both new and familiar sounds and voices.

Some of country music's biggest stars were rising or had solidified their place in the genre between 2000 and 2009. Click through the gallery below to see The Boot's picks for the Top 10 country artists of the 2000s.